Study in Scotland

The National Wallace Monument, Stirling (opened 1869) – Wikimedia Commons

Scotland provides a fantastic setting to study the Victorian period.  Our towns and cities have a wonderful Victorian architectural inheritance, and many Scottish archives, galleries and museums house extensive and unique collections of Victoriana.  Furthermore, Scottish universities offer thriving postgraduate communities for Victorian Studies.

Prospective PhD candidates: Many of the Centre’s associates supervise research students and would be happy to discuss any research projects you have in mind.  Via the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), co-supervision between staff at different institutions can be arranged.  Either contact a listed associate who specialises in your field or Kirstie Blair (  for more information.

Prospective Masters students: There are also several specialist postgraduate taught and research programmes on Victorian Studies, available across the country.

Postgraduate Courses with a Victorian Emphasis

The MSc by Research in Victorian Literature offers students the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of supervised independent research in their chosen field.  We can supervise research in any area of the field, and have particular strengths in social, historical and philosophical approaches to literature, in gender studies, and in the literary culture of the fin de siècle.  Convenor: Dr Jonathan Wild ()

This taught MLitt programme welcomes students to a lively intellectual and cultural scene. You will study with a group of world-class Victorianists whose expertise ranges across many aspects of literature and culture, and you’ll be able to draw on the extraordinary resources of Glasgow’s museums and libraries.  Convenor: Prof Alice Jenkins (

Inventing Modern Art enables you to understand how painting, design and architecture took new forms and meanings in an age of radical social, scientific and technological change. Working with leading experts, you will learn to interpret these from theoretical as well as object-based approaches.  Convenor: Prof Clare Willsdon (

Postgraduate Courses with Victorian Modules

This programme provides you with the opportunity to study literature and culture from the earliest times to the present, with a focus on individual comparative context of writers. The programme can be combined with a module from the MLitt Creative Writing and or MLitt Celtic and Anglo Saxon Studies.  The course focuses on key Victorian writers, including Robert Lois Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle.  Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Elliot (

MLitt in English Studies is a literature degree offering specialist options in each of the major literary periods, from Old English to the present day.  This course includes modules on The History of Drama: from the Greeks to the Victorians; and Literature and Society 1750-1900.  Convenor: Dr Daniel Cook (

This course examines the major topics and historiography of Scottish history for those who can’t attend a fulltime degree course.  It includes several modules that focus on the Victorian period, including: Scottish National Identities Since 1807; The Scottish Highlands and Islands – Clearances to Land Settlement; and War, Empire and Society: Scotland c. 1870-1922.  Convenor: Dr Craig Gauld (

These taught MSc courses offer you the opportunity to study history at an advanced level through taught courses and independent research.  You will advance your knowledge and understanding of selected topics in history, as well as enhance your skills in independent research, critical analysis, and both oral and written presentations. You’ll have a range of courses to choose from, enabling you to tailor your degree to your interests and ambitions.  The course includes several relevant modules to the Victorian Period: Gender, Crime and Deviancy: Britain 1860-1948; Scotland and Ireland 1800-1945; and British Empires 1601-1948. Convenor: Dr Julian Goodare ()

The programme is taught by a team of academics in the social, political and cultural history of Scotland from the medieval period through to the 20th century. It has a particular geographical emphasis on Gaelic Scotland, Scotland’s place in the British Isles and Europe, and on urban Scotland.  The course includes an optional module, titled ‘Revolutionary Scotland: literature, culture and politics 1830-1939’.  Convenor: Dr Martin MacGregor (

This course enables students to study a broad range of literary and cultural texts from different periods. In 2016-17 and 2017-18 it includes several courses featuring texts from the Victorian period, and a special topic on ‘World Victorians.’  Convener: Dr Richard Niland (

The MLitt in The Gothic Imagination at the University of Stirling provides students with the unique opportunity to steep themselves in the scholarly appreciation of this mode, providing a rigorous and intensive historical survey of its literary origins and developments, and charting its dispersal across a broad range of media and national contexts.  Convenor: Dr Timothy Jones (

The Stirling Master’s course covers Scottish Literature from Robert Burns to the present day.  Its focus is the unusually strong role played by literature in sustaining the reality and difference of Scottish culture over the past three centuries – not forgetting the role of novelists and poets in integrating Scottish identity into the project of Britishness.  The course includes a module on Enlightenment to Empire.  Convenor: Dr Scott Hames (